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NFL Indianapolis Colts

Jim Irsay Banned Six Games By NFL; Owner Suspensions Are Pointless

Jim Irsay

USA Today Sports

The NFL continued its string of recent punishments on Monday, as it handed down a suspension and fine for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Irsay recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour OWI charge, stemming from his arrest in March. Now, he’s not allowed to be present at the team’s facility until after Indy’s game on October 9th against the Houston Texans.

Roger Goodell addressed Irsay in a letter: “I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”

Good for the NFL. They somewhat brought the hammer down on Irsay. He can’t be around his team for six games, which is likely a big deal to him. The $500,000, not so much, but he had to pay something in lieu of his legal mistakes.

But overall this suspension is irrelevant in the scheme of things. The Colts aren’t going to be hurt by the ‘loss’ of Irsay, and the ultra-rich owner is now just slightly less rich. His potential substance abuse issues aren’t really going to play a part in the Colts’ performances on Sundays.

NFL owners beware — if you get popped for DUI and pills, you could be forced to watch six games from your mansion and make a small donation to the NFL.